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Getting To Know Wu Long Tea

Wu long is known around the world under a variety of names, including oolong (the most popular name) and Wu-Yi tea. Wu Long tea is known around the wo...

 

Wu long is known around the world under a variety of names, including oolong (the most popular name) and Wu-Yi tea. Wu Long tea is known around the world as a delicious, light tea with barely any caffeine content. The benefits of oolong tea has always been popular in the Orient but this product has recently risen in demand in the West as a diet aid. In England, the multi-named tea is in demand because of the taste and its low caffeine content.

What Is Wu Long Tea?

Wu long tea is made of the same tea leaves as green tea and black tea, but has been processed differently, to add a more delicate and slightly nutty flavor. Green tea is made directly from the leaves of the tea bush known as Camellia sinensis. Black tea is processed by roasting and drying and sometimes blended with other flavors. But oolong tea leaves have been sun or air dried, rolled and bruised, then partially cooked. This intensive process is the reason why oolong tea is more expensive than other types of tea products.

The palate for oolong tea is something that is acquired. This is a very light but smooth tea that lacks the bitterness of green tea or any other flavor for that matter. Some people have never really gotten used to its taste, and usually prefer black, green and herbal teas to oolong. But oolong tea is the perfect choice if you need a low-caffeine hot drink to soothe the stomach.

Does it Help With Weight Loss?

No matter what all the advertisements might say, the benefits of oolong tea does not include being an aid for weight loss.  In order to loose weight, you need to eat a sensible diet and exercise regularly. Cutting back on dehydrating, sugary drinks like coffee, soda and cocoa also helps. Black tea is a healthier choice than coffee or cocoa, but still contains caffeine that you may have to watch out for. By drinking healthier beverages such as oolong tea, you are taking in more nourishment at lesser calories.

Oolong tea do not usually come in tea bags because of the shape of the leaves. It is usually available in loose form. You would need about two teaspoons of oolong tea per cup of hot (not boiling) water. It’s simpler to just put the curled “whiskers” in the cup if you are not making a pot, then pour the hot water in. The so-called whiskers will not fit in a tea ball. Steep from three to five minutes before drinking in sips and enjoying the benefits of oolong tea.